Fiesta Time

Hispanic Heritage Month begins today, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador. Mexico celebrates its independence tomorrow, and Chile on Sunday. A local tradition in the yearly celebration of all things Latin takes place Sunday, with the return of Lane Manor Park's Hispanic Festival. The 24th annual event includes exhibitions, music, dance, food, carnival rides, games and pony rides. Hours are noon to 6 p.m.; admission is free and all ages are welcome. The park is at 7601 West Park Dr. in Adelphi. For more information, call 301-445-4500; for information in Spanish, 301-445-4509.

Nothin' but the Blues

Now in its 13th year, the Bluebird Blues Festival is committed to teaching audiences about the blues. The event features a variety of blues performers, including Dr. S.O. Feelgood, the Tom Larsen Band, the Jewels, Bobby Rush, Daryl Davis, Barry Pearson, the Blue Rhythm Boys, Cephas & Wiggins, and Eddie Day & Denise. The festival takes place from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Prince George's Community College, on the grounds outside Novak Field House and Queen Anne Auditorium. Besides the music, there will be children's activities and food and vendor booths. The community college is at 301 Largo Rd. in Largo. Admission is free. For more information, call 301-336-6000.

Satire in Colonial Days

The art of political satire in the Colonial United States is the subject that kicks off Montpelier Mansion's Fall History Lecture Series. Join University of Maryland history professor Alison Olson Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. as she discusses how the colonists bantered about the government and got away with it. Montpelier Mansion is on Muirkirk Road off Route 197 (Laurel Bowie Road) in Laurel. Ages 12 and older are welcome; admission is free. Light refreshments will be served; no reservations are required. Call 301-953-1376.

The annual Hispanic Festival returns to Lane Manor Park on Sunday. At left are Cuban dancers at a previous festival.